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The Giants survey their offensive options

Dec 3, 2009, 8:30 AM EDT

Rosenthal and Morosi have the Giants placing Adrian Beltre, Nick Johnson and Dan Uggla at the top of their wish list heading into the winter meetings.  The idea is that they could (a) just slot Beltre in at third base; (b) sign Johnson and have him play first and have Sandoval do his damndest to hold down third base for a year or two; or (c) trade for Uggla and move Freddy Sanchez to third.

It strikes me that the Beltre option is by far the best among those inasmuch as it does less damage defensively than making the Panda play at third would, and it doesn’t cost them the “major league ready talent” the Marlins want for Uggla (though it would cost them a draft pick).

UPDATE: No, Beltre wouldn’t cost them a pick. He’s a type-B, which makes him even more attractive in my mind.  Not sure why I thought he was a type-A when I wrote this.

  1. Grant - Dec 3, 2009 at 9:18 AM

    Brian Sabean hates draft picks, anyway.

  2. sirsean - Dec 3, 2009 at 12:41 PM

    Why would Beltre cost a draft pick? He’s type B.

  3. APBA Guy - Dec 3, 2009 at 12:53 PM

    The Beltre problem is that he was lost offensively at Safeco, and AT &T is even worse on right handed hitters.
    I think the option they are really pursuing is getting the Panda in better shape so he can play 3rd, keeping Sanchez at second, and going after Nick Johnson on an incentive laden deal.

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